The Orioles are back in action tonight as the Yankees come to town for a three game set in Baltimore. Ubaldo Jimenez makes his season debut for the O’s and he will be opposed by Luis Severino.
Here’s a roundup of Orioles related news this morning:
- The Orioles acquired LHP Andrew Faulkner from the Rangers for a PTBNL or cash, reports Roch Kubatko. To make room for him on the 40-man, the Orioles released Dariel Alvarez. Tough break for him although the O’s are hoping to re-sign him to a minor league deal.
- Chris Davis, a finalist for the gold glove last season, has been impressing with the scooping abilities over at first base in the first two games. Buck: “He gives guys such great confidence to throw quickly.”
- The Orioles are getting to know and appreciate their new catcher Welington Castillo, writes Rich Dubroff for Pressbox.
- Dan Connolly makes his case for why he thinks Ubaldo Jimenez could be in for a good season. Yes, he said good. Let’s hope you’re right, Dan.
- A roster move is coming on Sunday. Will the Orioles continue with a three man bench or will they remove a pitcher from the bullpen to make room for Wade Miley? Trey Mancini is certainly making that decision a tough one, writes Brittany Ghiroli.
- The Orioles are returning their ‘Birdland Passport’ program for the 2017 season. The program rewards fans who visit Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Orioles’ local minor league affiliate ballparks.
- Here’s a good fangraphs piece, complete with gifs, analyzing Dylan Bundy’s start the other night.
- According to lawn care website LawnStarter, Baltimore has the highest interest in garden gnomes than any other city in the U.S. If that’s not good reason for the marketing department to bring back the Buck gnome again this year, I don’t know what is.